DQE & Method Animation to produce The New Adventures of Peter Pan as 3D stereoscopic

MUMBAI: DQE and Method Animation (France) sign a deal to produce The New Adventures of Peter Pan as 3D stereoscopic animated CGI format. The TV series will consist of 26 x 30 minute episodes. DQE has also concluded a deal with ZDF Group (Germany) to co-produce the series.

ZDF will be full co-producers on the project, with the right to appoint executive producers with full editorial rights and distribution rights across German speaking countries for Europe (excluding Italy and Turkey) UK, Ireland, South Africa and Latin America. France Televisions have broadcasting rights for France and French speaking territories and have confirmed, being on board this series in association with Method Animation (France).

The New Adventures of Peter Pan is being produced at a global budget of approximately €10 million in high-end 3D stereoscopic CGI, and is anticipated to be broadcast by the beginning of 2012. Other major partners who have recently confirmed their participation on this production are De Agostini (Italy) and ATV (Turkey), as co-producers of the series. While De Agostini, will hold exclusive Pay TV, video on demand and licensing and merchandising distribution rights for Italy and Italian speaking countries, broadcaster ATV will hold broadcast rights for Turkey.

DQE Group Chairman and CEO Tapaas Chakravarti said,"The production of Peter Pan is in line with our strategic business plan to work globally with knowledgeable and powerful business partners to produce high quality branded IP to attract audiences and generate multiple revenue streams for licensing, publishing and merchandising. We are confident that Peter, Wendy and the mischievous and endearing Tinker Bell will capture hearts around the world.

ZDF Enterprises president and CEO Alexander Coridass said,"We at ZDF Enterprises are proud to be part of an enthusiastic team of experienced co-production partners who all have the same goal: creating programs that touch the hearts, minds and souls of worldwide audiences. The New Adventures of Peter Pan is yet another example of an historic model that is filled with new life using modern, breathtaking production technologies and innovative ideas requested programme in MIPJUNIOR this year at from international partners working jointly together."

Method Animation Chairman and CEO Aton Soumache said, “We are truly happy to join hands with DQE and major renowned partners on this world-famous property. Our creative teams endeavored to bring magic and fantasy to this modern version of Neverland. 3D-CGI stereoscopic animation will definitely make our audience feel like they are flying alongside Peter Pan and his friends. This high-quality program associated with cutting-edge technology marks a milestone in our relationship with DQE.”

The New Adventures of Peter Pan is a 3D stereoscopic TV series for ages 6 to10 featuring Peter Pan, his best friend Tinkerbell and new generation Wendy, her brothers John and Michael and their dog, Newfie, in Neverland and beyond. Neverland is defined by wild imaginations and big adventures ruled by the boy who never grew up. This 26 X 22 fantasy-action-adventure series set in the timeless and magical world of Neverland and 21st century London will have Peter and his friends taking on Peter’s long time foe, Captain Hook and his pirates and all other unimaginable evils in a never ending battle to save Neverland in a fantasy adventure 3D HD TV series.